Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Buurmas win innovation award

David and Roger Buurma of Lambton County have won this year’s Don Hill Legacy Award for their innovation to side-dress nitrogen in corn crops.

They mounted rubber hosing on the spray nozzles of their 120-foot boom sprayer and dragged these over the soil between rows of taller corn.

The sprayer’s GPS (Global Positioning System) unit ensures accuracy and they can move at five to eight miles per hour.

The award is given annually by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) to recognize on-farm innovation to address an identified environmental risk associated with soil, water, air, or biodiversity.

“This innovation reflects the spirit of the Don Hill Legacy Award — it’s a simple, low-cost and effective solution to an environmental challenge on the farm,” said OSCIA President Chad Anderson.